This is on topic because some computers, like my new Dell Inspiron 530 only allow you to update your BIOS with a DOS/Windows executable. If you don't have Windows, the Dell support sites says that you have to create a bootable USB key that will boot into DOS, copy the .exe for the BIOS update to the USB key, boot to the USB key, and run the BIOS update that way. I just spent four hours or so trying to figure out how to make said bootable DOS USB key, so I thought I'd pass some instructions on in case they help save anyone else the hassel. Here's what you need to do (you need a Windows computer to do this):
1)Download and install the HP Drive Key Boot Utility from http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/Te ... R1002_USEN
2)Download a MS-DOS image file (.img extension) from http://www.allbootdisks.com/download/dos.html). I used the DOS
6.0 image, but I suppose any of them would work.
3)Insert your USB key and run the above HP Drive Key Boot Utility (from Windows, of course).
4)Choose the drive letter for your USB key and click Next.
5)Keep the default “Create New or Replace Existing Configuration” option and click Next.
6)Choose the Floppy Disk option and click Next.
7)Browse to the DOS image you downloaded and click Next.
If everything went well, you'll have your bootable DOS USB flash key now.
The rub is, that after doing this, the BIOS update that supposedly works this way errors out with a cryptic "Error! udosexe = -5". Back to the drawingboard for me.